One of the best things about fall, as far as I'm concerned, is cooking with pumpkin. In the past I've always just used canned pumpkin, but today I decided to try roasting one. I searched around on the internet to help me decide on the best way to do it. After reading several comments about the results being 'watery' I decided to go with dry roasting.
I washed it, cut it in half and scooped out the seeds.
I put the halves, cut side down on a rimmed baking sheet. I read that pumpkins release a lot of water while they are cooking, and I didn't want to take a chance on juices dripping into the oven.
I baked the pumpkin at 350 degrees for about an hour and a half - until the skin was a dark orange color and it pierced easily with a fork.
After it cooled, I scooped the interior into a bowl and pureed it with a hand blender. After what I'd read, I expected it to be watery and in need of straining, but that wasn't the case. I ended up with 3 1/2 cups puree which I packed into freezer safe jars for storage in the freezer.
I'm looking forward to trying it out in our Thanksgiving pie.